New Windows 10 Build 10049 Brings Spartan

New Windows 10 Build 10049 Brings Spartan

By Rich W Woods

Today, Microsoft released their second Windows 10 build in the month of March. Of course, it’s a desktop build, as it’s clear that Microsoft is once again making the mistake of focusing on desktop instead of mobile. Then, if it fails, we’ll all blame it on being “late to the game” or some crap like that, but I digress…

The new Windows 10 build is build 10049 and it is (apparently) available to users on the fast track. I wasn’t able to find it just yet, so I can’t guarantee it. Windows 10 Build 10049 includes the new Spartan browser.

Project Spartan is going to be Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer. It’s not going to be called Project Spartan. After all, telling us the name this quickly would be too easy and it would be communicating all too well.

Issues Fixed


  • We’ve fixed the issue from Build 10041 for when the Photos app on your PC crashes when you tap on the circular icon at the top left to view the photo you just took.
  • We’ve also fixed the issue from Build 10041 where you might end up in a state where windows open on your desktop are accidentally visible behind the Start Screen, Task View, Snap Assist, and when rearranging windows in Tablet Mode.
  • You will no longer get stuck when you manually lock your PC (Windows Key + L) during the initial out-of-box experience.

Known Issues

  • After logging in, you may see a blue screen instead of your desktop. To work around this issue, lock your PC (with the hardware button or by pressing the Windows Key + L) and try logging in again. You can also try Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  • Indexing of new email in Outlook is not working, so search results will be limited to when the last index was built.
  • If you have Virtual Machines hosted on your PC running Windows 10, you will want to move to the Slow ring and wait for the next build as this build breaks the ability to run VMs.
  • There are 2 issues using Visual Studio 2015 preview on this build:
    • The emulators will not boot and you won’t be able to deploy a Windows Universal app to the Mobile emulator.
    • The XAML designer in VS and Blend will crash when opened.
    • If you are a developer using these tools today to develop Windows Universal apps and need this functionality to work – we recommend switching to the Slow ring until we release a patch to fix these issues.

They also stated that this build is pretty much all about Spartan. That’s not a surprise, as the last build, build 10041, shipped only a couple weeks ago and this build number is only 8 later.

Please note that the featured image was taken from Mary Jo Foley’s All About Microsoft, possibly the best source for Microsoft news on the entire Internet. No, that’s not true. THE best source.


About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.